The federal government on Wednesday joined the growing number of countries that has banned Boeing 737 Max aeroplanes from flying into Nigeria’s airspace.
This followed the fatal crash of the aircraft in Ethiopia over the weekend.
Hadi Sirika, minister of state, aviation, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane.”
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has earlier issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing.
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